The Adventures of Rupert Bear

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The Adventures of Rupert Bear
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 156
Running time 11 min.
Original network ITV
Original release 28 October 1970 – 24 August 1977

The Adventures of Rupert Bear was a live-action, puppet television series, based on the Mary Tourtel character, Rupert Bear, produced by the ATV Network, and aired from 28 October 1970 to 24 August 1977 on the ITV network, with 156 11-minute episodes produced over four series.


The characters were all puppets, although the opening sequence featured a toy version of Rupert Bear sitting in a live-action child's bedroom. Rupert's friends and flying chariot appeared straight from the Daily Express pages, although he was joined by some new friends, including a sprite called Willy Wisp. One of the most remembered elements of the series was the catchy theme song, which was written by Len Beadle and Ron Roker, sung by Jackie Lee, which reached No.14 in the United Kingdom charts in 1971. The song includes the erroneous lyric, "Rupert the Bear", even though Rupert has never had the definite article in his name.

Archival Status[edit]

Of the 156 episodes made, only 75 are known to exist in their original colour film format, while there are a further 16 duplicated on black and white 16mm film. The remaining episodes were, for many years thought to be missing. On 21 April 2017, it was announced by Network Distributing that all 156 episodes have been found on their original film elements and will be released on DVD in 3 volumes, the first comprising the first 52 episodes.

DVD Release[edit]

In April 2017, Network Distributing announced it would be releasing the first 52 Episodes from the first two series on DVD (Region 2, PAL format)

The set is currently only available through Network's site directly.

A second volume containing the 52 episodes from Series Three had been released soon after, once again an exclusive to the Network DVD page and in the same format.

Later A third volume containing all 52 episodes from Series Four was released. Once more being an exclusive to the Network DVD page and once again in the same format as the other volumes.

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